Nearly everything has been cancelled or postponed in these COVID days – including the in-class school year.
One tradition that will continue this school year is the prestigious Dr. Jack Parry Awards.
A highlight for local post-secondary students, the Dr. Jack Parry Awards has recognized the top academic athletes in Chatham-Kent for the last 27 years.
Although there will be no ceremony inside the UCC Theatre this year, the awards ceremony will take place live on the air with 99.1 CKXS.
Jan Parry-Wickett, the daughter of Dr. Jack, will join 99.1 on the air on June 4th to help recognize each nominee and announce the winners of this year’s awards.
A male and female from each local high school are recognized as their school’s nominee. One male and one female are then rewarded with a $1,000 bursary and the honour of Dr. Jack Parry Award winner.
Organizer Jeff Denomy of UCC says athletic, academic and school and community contribution components are all taken into consideration.
Each nominee will be featured on the air and online beginning next week on 99.1.
Dr. Parry was a decorated World War II vet, a 1948 Olympian, a Grey Cup Champion and a more than accomplished and record-setting local high school and university athlete.
Parry went to the ’48 Olympics for track and field but was unable to compete due to an injury suffered while training.
Also in 1948, Parry was the Canadian National Champion in both the 100 and 200 yard dash and was named the John Davies Trophy recipient as Canada’s best male track athlete.
Parry received the Dr. Claude Brown Memorial Trophy the next year, in 1949 as Western University’s most outstanding athlete.
The doc won the Grey Cup as a member of the Toronto RCAF Hurricanes in 1942.